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UW Credit Union Ups Membership Criteria

The effort drew criticism from Scot Ross with One Wisconsin Now, a liberal advocacy group that has been a strong proponent for reforms in the student loan system.
Wisconsin Radio Network
09/27/2016
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Walker Touts ‘Private Sector Solutions’ To Student Debt

Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, a liberal advocacy group heavily involved in the student debt issues, called the new initiative "useless."
Wisconsin Public Radio
09/27/2016
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Gov. Walker looks to private sector for student loan refinancing initiative

With 70 percent of our graduates having student debt - and his answer is a website and go to a bank - as offensive as it is useless.
WKOW-TV
09/27/2016
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Six months after Wisconsin student loan debt specialist appointed, website set to launch

One Wisconsin Now questioned why Weiss hasn't been more visible, noting DFI's website doesn't appear to offer any contact information.
Capital Times
09/22/2016
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New Polls Find Overwhelming Support for Allowing Refinancing of Student Loans

Over 80 Percent of Survey Respondents in Three Swing State Senate Districts Back Allowing Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers to Refinance.
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One Wisconsin Now
09/22/2016
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One Wisconsin Institute Unveils First-of-Its-Kind Student Loan Voter Scorecard

At StudentLoanVoter.org, Wisconsin Voters Can Find Out Who Is, And Who Isn’t, Supporting Common Sense Reforms to Reduce Burden on Student Loan Borrowers.
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One Wisconsin Institute
09/21/2016
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Globe Univ. Supporter Ron Johnson Has Explaining to Do After Court Fraud Ruling

According to media reports, a Minnesota judge has ruled that the for-profit Globe University has violated state consumer protection and fraud laws.
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One Wisconsin Now
09/12/2016
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As ITT Tech Shuts Doors, Top GOP Provide Aid & Comfort to For-Profit Colleges

ITT Tech announced it's closing immediately, leaving hundreds of Wisconsin students in limbo, while Republicans give aid and comfort to predatory for-profits.
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One Wisconsin Now
09/07/2016
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Ron Johnson’s Unhinged Radio Rant on Opposition to Student Debt Reforms

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has certainly earned his Ph.D. in Washington D.C. doublespeak with his outburst this week.
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One Wisconsin Now
09/02/2016
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What Is it With Republican Support of For-Profit College Scams?

Scott Walker and Ron Johnson oppose allowing more than 500,000 Wisconsin student loan borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can a mortgage.
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One Wisconsin Now
08/26/2016
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Critics howl in response to Ron Johnson’s call to replace college instructors with videos

“We know Ron Johnson graduated from college 40 years ago, but we assumed it was from a university here on planet Earth,” quipped Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now.
Capital Times
08/23/2016
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Gov. Scott Walker Does Nothing for One Million Student Loan Borrowers

Walker is making education less and less affordable, with serious consequences for our state economy and the best he can do is apparently hold photo ops with bureaucrats.
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One Wisconsin Now
08/23/2016
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Fighting Bob Fest to rev up progressives again

Fighting Bob Fest 2016 is less than a month away... Among the other speakers will be Scot Ross, who has feverishly campaigned for college loan reform.
Capital Times
08/22/2016
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Ron Johnson Says We Should Replace College with Video Tapes

We know Ron Johnson graduated from college 40 years ago, but we assumed it was from a university here on planet Earth.
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One Wisconsin Now
08/19/2016
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Billboard Encourages People to Tell Ron Johnson to Support Student Loan Debt Reforms

On the critical issue of student debt and college affordability, Sen. Ron Johnson could not be worse.
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One Wisconsin Now
08/15/2016
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Gov. Walker’s Election Year Tuition Gimmick Fails Student Loan Borrowers

Walker Has Presided Over 40,000 Eligible Students Being Denied Financial Aid, Wisconsin Rising to 3rd Highest in Nation in Grads with Student Debt
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One Wisconsin Now
08/03/2016
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Hillary Clinton Uses Historic Address to Tout Student Loan Reforms

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used her historic address this evening to outline her solutions to the $1.4 trillion student loan debt crisis.
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One Wisconsin Now
07/28/2016
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Student Loan Refinancing Takes Center Stage at Democratic Convention

Unfortunately, Republicans like Ron Johnson and Scott Walker think student loan borrowers should be left to the mercy of Wall Street profiteers.
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One Wisconsin Now
07/25/2016
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Republican National Convention Student Loan Debt Tally...

Speeches of three Wisconsin officials – Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson – contained zero references to the crisis of student debt.
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One Wisconsin Now
07/20/2016
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Johnson Should Apologize, Not Brag, About Student Loan Debt Record

He’s stood in the way of common sense refinancing to help millions of borrowers across the nation and in Wisconsin.
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One Wisconsin Now
07/12/2016
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Paul Ryan’s Plan Doesn’t Include Common Sense Student Debt Refinancing

It's appalling Ryan would call his plan a better way while refusing to help any of the 43 million Americans with over $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.
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One Wisconsin Now
06/07/2016
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Russ Renews Call for Refinancing of Federal Student Loans

Russ Feingold is standing with student loan borrowers in Wisconsin and renewing the call for common sense reform to allow them to refinance their loans.
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One Wisconsin Now
06/03/2016
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Analiese Eicher: Indentured servitude isn’t answer to student debt crisis

The crisis of college affordability and student loan debt demands solutions. Turning students into modern-day indentured servants is not among them.
Wisconsin State Journal
06/02/2016
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Analiese Eicher: Congratulations, grads — you’re borrowers now

Let’s celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and let’s resolve to make sure they don’t face futures needlessly burdened by student debt.
Capital Times
05/13/2016
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Walker Won’t Fix Student Debt, Wants Help Paying Off Campaign Debt

Scott Walker is now asking for campaign donations to pay off the massive debt from his failed 71 day campaign for President because his sons are in college.
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One Wisconsin Now
05/10/2016
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On Anniversary of Student Debt Reaching $1T, GOP Still Opposing Reform

Wisconsin Republicans stand united against common sense solutions to the student loan debt crisis that today marks the fourth anniversary of hitting and surpassing the $1 trillion mark.
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One Wisconsin Now
04/25/2016
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Tax Deadline Looms, GOP Misses Chance to Help Student Loan Borrowers

Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislature did nothing as the student loan debt crisis worsens, refusing to act on the ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ Act.
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One Wisconsin Now
04/18/2016
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Gender Pay Gap Adds to Student Loan Debt Crisis for Wisconsin Women

On Equal Pay Day it’s important to consider the real, negative economic consequences for women and their families when it takes them on average over four months longer for their annual pay to reach the same level as men.
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One Wisconsin Now
04/12/2016
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker names specialist on student loan crisis

The announcement drew criticism from One Wisconsin Now, a left-leaning advocacy group. Many in the state have called for allowing student loans to be refinanced, like mortgages and car loans.
UPI
03/29/2016
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Scott Walker names student loan debt specialist

One million Wisconsin student loan borrowers want action and Gov. Scott Walker's 'solution' is reassigning a bureaucrat to answer the phone.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/28/2016
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Debt Perception

Based on current projections by One Wisconsin Institute, a nonprofit organization that conducts research on student loan debt, it will take 21 years or so to repay this amount.
Workforce
03/28/2016
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Student Loan Debt Takes National Stage in Wisconsin

Democrats Offering Student Loan Refinancing, Affordability; Republicans Offering Free Student Labor, Trump’s Scam University, Cuts to Higher Education
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One Wisconsin Now
03/26/2016
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Walker’s college affordability bills pass, minus cornerstone provision

Analiese Eicher said she believes Republicans only intended to pass "political talking points." The group has highlighted the issue of student loan debt for several years.
Capital Times
03/17/2016
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$0.0: Total Amount of Help Student Loan Borrowers Will Get From Senate GOP

It would have only taken some common sense to provide real help to student loan borrowers. Apparently that was too much to ask for from Senate Republicans.
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03/15/2016
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Sheila Harsdorf, Senate GOP Kills Student Loan Refinancing Plan

Gov. Walker and the Republicans have been exposed as phonies on the student loan debt crisis. They’ve made the crisis worse.
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One Wisconsin Now
03/03/2016
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GOP and Dems push for college affordability, with many voters listening

The liberal organization One Wisconsin Now, for example, has researched the economic impacts of student loan debt since 2011.
La Crosse Tribune
02/28/2016
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Scot Ross: Give Gov. Scott Walker an ‘incomplete’ on student debt

Make no mistake, Walker didn't create Wisconsin's student loan debt. But his attacks on higher education, combined with his anemic response to the $19 billion crisis, are much like his own college career: Incomplete.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
02/28/2016
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Research: Student Loan Debt Driving Increased Debt Among Older Americans

Student loan debt is burdening young people who’ve just graduated and threatening the retirements of people who have worked hard their entire lives.
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02/26/2016
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College affordability package clears Assembly, path unclear in Senate

Republicans are trying to pass off a scheme that denies every single person in with student debt any help lowering their monthly loan payment as a solution to the student loan debt crisis.
Capital Times
02/17/2016
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Assembly passes college affordability bills

One Wisconsin Now released a statement condemning state lawmakers who vote in favor of passing the package, saying the measures do not go far enough to address student loan debt.
Milwaukee Business News
02/17/2016
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GOP Pulls Student Loan Bait and Switch

In the waning days of the final legislative floor period Republicans are trying to pull a bait and switch on nearly one million Wisconsin student loan borrowers.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/16/2016
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Presidential Candidates With College Affordability Plans Come to Wisconsin

When the candidates debate tonight in Wisconsin, they’ll be appearing in the state with the third highest percentage of college graduates with student loan debt.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/11/2016
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Dave Zweifel: Yet again Wisconsin is choking on Gopher dust

As Scot Ross, director of One Wisconsin Now, pointed out, not one student loan borrower in Wisconsin will see their monthly payments reduced by one cent under the Wisconsin governor’s proposal.
Chippewa Herald
02/11/2016
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UW-L professor thinks it’s silly not to let students refinance debt

Scot Ross with the group suggests that some Wisconsin auto plants may have shut down because college loan debt is keeping many people from buying new cars.
WIZM-FM
02/09/2016
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Democratic legislators push for student debt solutions

“I carry with me the stories of hundreds of folks across Wisconsin and how this debt is holding them back from achieving their version of the American Dream,” Analiese Eicher said.
La Crosse Tribune
02/09/2016
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Students, Borrowers Call for Reforms Not Empty Rhetoric

The student loan debt and college affordability crises are real challenges facing Central Wisconsin, and real reform, not election year gimmicks, are needed.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/05/2016
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Democrats to hold student debt listening session

The listening session will include a presentation from One Wisconsin Now on the student loan debt crisis, the impact state budget cuts have had on the University of Wisconsin System and its funding, and the ramifications for higher education affordability for students.
Wausau Daily Herald
02/04/2016
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Scot Ross: Scott Walker gets an ‘incomplete’ on student debt

Make no mistake, Walker didn’t create Wisconsin’s student loan debt. But his attacks on higher education, combined with his anemic response to the $19 billion crisis, are much like his own college career: incomplete.
Capital Times
02/03/2016